RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — More than 200 people came to downtown Raleigh on Sunday to honor those killed and injured in the Orlando nightclub shooting.
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The vigil was organized by Raleigh’s LBGT Center and was hosted by Legends nightclub. People held rainbow flags, lit candles and sang songs.
A group of doves were released just as a small group started singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”
Meanwhile, a speaker told the crowd “Be brave. Be you. Don’t care about what anyone else thinks.” The speaker was also reading the names of those killed.
Speakers with ties to the Orlando club talked about how difficult it’s been tracking down loved ones and friends.
Several people CBS North Carolina spoke to didn’t know someone affected, but were touched by the violent act and wanted to offer their love and support.
Tabor Winstead is a former employee of Pulse nightclub, and has many friends still there.
“It was just open to everyone, and for this sick individual to come in and do this, and to take away innocent lives, it’s just unbelievable,” Winstead said.
Monday at 7 p.m. there will be a community forum at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in an effort to unite different groups in Raleigh.